February 2010

Discussion paper

1 Mar 2010

This discussion paper is part of consultations to develop a national quality framework (NQF) that will maximise the outcomes and life opportunities for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

A national quality framework (NQF) aims to deliver ongoing improvement and better integration...

Discussion paper

1 Mar 2010

Good relations with Japan are critical for Australia. On by far the majority of issues, our two countries tend to agree, but on whaling we have hit an impasse.

Australians are strongly opposed and - says Trevor Wilson - the Japanese have adopted international...

Research report

1 Mar 2010

SUMMARY

DOCUMENTARY AS A PROPORTION OF AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCTION Documentary makes up 2-3 per cent of audiovisual production in Australia, compared to 11 per cent inNew Zealand and 21 per cent in Canada.

HOURS PRODUCED AND PRODUCTION BUDGETS Documentary production...

Discussion paper

27 Feb 2010

Recently released ACMA research indicates that radio in Australia remains a highly popular and influential medium, with music, news and information and talkback the top three preferred program formats in 2009.

It confirms that commercial radio is an important source of news and current...

27 Feb 2010

In this essay, first published in The Age, Maria Turmarkin explores what being silent or saying something actually means.

In the upstairs food court at Melbourne Central, which I visit once in a while for some quick, under-$10 seafood, two teenage boys opposite...

Research report

26 Feb 2010

This report provides information on what medicines Australians are using to manage their musculoskeletal problems, how much these medicines cost them and trends in the prescription of newer medicines.

Medicines are central to managing arthritis and osteoporosis, to improve musculoskeletal functions, slow disease progression...

Research report

26 Feb 2010

Politically exposed persons (PEPs) are individuals entrusted with prominent public functions, such as senior politicians and public servants and are potential targets for bribes due to their prominent positions in public life and access to government, supranational or aid funds. To combat money...

Research report

26 Feb 2010

Ovarian cancer was the most common cause of gynaecological cancer death and the sixth most common cause of cancer-related death among women in 2006. Although the prognosis for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer was relatively poor compared with a number of other cancers, the prognosis...

Research report

26 Feb 2010

An evaluation study done on Wesley’s family crisis unit - an alternative to motel accommodation for families experiencing the immediate and acute crisis of homelessness in the eastern region of Melbourne.

The aim of the family crisis unit is to provide comfortable...

Report

26 Feb 2010

Sustainable wildlife enterprises developed for commercial purposes are a potential source of economic and socio-cultural benefit for Indigenous people living in remote locations in Australia.

This paper examines the viability of a wildlife enterprise in Arnhem Land (Northern Territory) that harvests three animal species...

Commentary

26 Feb 2010

My School promises to compare like with like, but a close look at thirty-six “average” schools reveals the limitations of this way of measuring achievement, writes Chris Bonnor

THE LAUNCH of the My School website at the end of January was accompanied by...

Research report

26 Feb 2010

This report identifies the way the region's physical and geographical characteristics combine with limited human and technological capacity to reduce the ability of states to undertake day-to-day policing and respond effectively to large scale breakdowns in law and order.

The committee finds that there...

Research report

24 Feb 2010

The report presents the council‘s assessment of progress against 2008–09 milestones as at 30 September 2009.

The National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy sets out an ambitious and complex array of microeconomic reforms. Positively, the COAG Reform Council has found that...

Research report

24 Feb 2010

Three-dimensional virtual environments (3dves) are the new generation of digital multi-user social networking platforms. Their immersive character allows users to create a digital humanised representation or avatar, enabling a degree of virtual interaction not possible through conventional text-based internet technologies.

As recent...

Research report

24 Feb 2010

A survey of nearly 900 Internet stakeholders reveals fascinating new perspectives on the way the Internet is affecting human intelligence and the ways that information is being shared and rendered.

The web-based survey gathered opinions from prominent scientists, business leaders, consultants, writers and technology...

Website

25 Feb 2010

T he Elon University / Pew Internet Project site Imagining the Internet: A History and Forecast is a multi-section resource containing thousands of pages. It exposes future possibilities while simultaneously providing a peek back at the past.

In it, you will...

24 Feb 2010

What are the key challenges facing Australia's public library services?

In this seminar, leading thinkers and policy-makers address the big social issues and government policies that will shape the public library service Australia-wide over the next five years.

The speakers explore topics including...

Research report

24 Feb 2010

This inquiry looked at the issue of broadband speeds in the UK.

Summary

In July 2009, the Government published the Digital Britain White Paper which set out the Government's vision for the digital economy. We strongly support the Government's focus on the...

Research report

25 Feb 2010

Talking it up stresses the need to listen to the voices of Aboriginal consumers directly, not just through the voices of Aboriginal organisations, in the formulation of health policy.

It emphasises the importance of seeking out and including the voices of Aboriginal consumers...

Research report

23 Feb 2010

This report provides an overview of how broadband physical coverage and availability can be measured and compared across countries. It first summarises what data are available from official and non-official sources. The approach taken by the report is to consider coverage and availability related to...

Research report

23 Feb 2010

This white paper sets out the Australia government’s counter-terrorism objectives and the means by which it will pursue them.

It explains the nature of the terrorist threat to Australia within Australia’s broader national security context; sets out the Australian Government’s strategy for countering terrorism;...

24 Feb 2010

This week's summit aims to save the embattled healthcare overhaul through the power of persuasion, writes Lesley Russell in Inside Story

HEALTHCARE REFORM is back on the agenda in Washington this week and in a big way. Since things came to an unexpected...

Research report

24 Feb 2010

This report summarises the feedback from consultation with stakeholders including a broad range of Sector organisations, state and territory governments, peak bodies, academics and individuals.

Initial consultation in 2008 clarified that there was support for a National Compact as a means to address issues...

Research report

22 Feb 2010

This positioning paper is the first product of a research project which is investigating the links between planning policies and housing outcomes.

The project is an investigation into whether changes to land use planning policies and mechanisms impact on the types of housing supplied,...

Research report

22 Feb 2010

The Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program surveys alleged offenders in police detention in nine places around Australia about their drug use and criminal behaviour.

Since its inception in 1999, the DUMA program has been the only nationwide survey of drug use by...

Research report

22 Feb 2010

The use of asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003. However, as a result of the widespread use of asbestos in the past, there remains a large amount of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in older buildings. These ACMs include asbestos cement sheet...

Research report

22 Feb 2010

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that a bounce back for the flow of international capital may not be good news.

Australian Financial Review, 22 February 2010, p. 23

23 Feb 2010

Perhaps Minister Conroy should now play pool at the local pub with a community radio station manager, writes Michael Mullins in Eureka Street

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is having to justify its seemingly scandalous $250 million 'gift' to Australia's free to air television...

23 Feb 2010

A human rights act should remain a priority for the federal government, argues Susan Ryan

AN EXTENSIVE national consultation has taken place. A well supported and constructive report on the exercise, the Brennan Report , was submitted to government last September....

23 Feb 2010

Do the demands of high-status professions explain childlessness among some women? Robert Tanton describes new research findings

WOMEN in high status occupations may find little time for having children and raising a family. But is it also the case that women in...

Research report

23 Feb 2010

This report uses recent economic modelling to relate cognitive skills - as measured by PISA and other international instruments - to economic growth, demonstrating that relatively small improvements to labour force skills can largely impact the future well-being of a nation.

The report also...

Research report

23 Feb 2010

Housing markets have played a prominent role in macroeconomic developments over recent years. For a great part of the 2000s, buoyant housing markets have contributed to sustained economic activity in most OECD countries. But many markets overheated and the collapse of the US subprime mortgage...

Audio program

22 Feb 2010

Remember the huge community concern that was sparked in 2008 when photographs by Bill Henson were seized from a Sydney art gallery? They were images of children and to some they were sexualised images of children.

As a result of the anxieties and concerns...

22 Feb 2010

The decision raises the most basic question that can be asked about government dispensation of any kind: what was this money for?

Was the $250 million a subsidy, a tax break, or a quid pro quo? Was it a grant for local content, assistance...

Website

15 Jul 2009

The 2009 Australian and New Zealand Communications Association conference (ANZCA09), held at QUT in Brisbane from July 8-10, 2009, brought together 242 communications researchers from 20 countries.

The papers from the ANZCA09 conference that are in this collection have been subject to double-blind peer...

Audio program

19 Feb 2010

The recent vandalisation of a string of Christian churches in Malaysia has, again, focussed attention on the challenges of communal politics in modern Malaysia.

At the Wednesday Lowy Lunch on 10 February, Barry Wain discussed how these attacks reflect a deep crisis at the...

Audio program

19 Feb 2010

The 85 per cent of Australia that is remote from the main centres of population is a place of recurrent crises leading to ad hoc special interventions. Broken up by state and territory boundaries it is the backyard for the governments of Australia. While it...

Audio program

19 Feb 2010

Whilst medical schools are increasingly recognising the importance of empathy training, the hidden curriculum - the reality of clinic care - often overrides empathy training when medical students begin work in the wards.

This week, Hamish Holewa talks with Dr Rebecca Garden, who believes...

19 Feb 2010

And it might even help 'fix' hospitals, writes Hal Swerissen in Crikey

HEALTH REFORM is a critical issue for Australia. The population is ageing and the number of people with serious chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes will increase. Concerns about...

Research report

19 Feb 2010

Australian households experienced approximately 1.6 million incidents of malicious property damage from July 2008 to June 2009.

This publication presents first results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) redesigned national Crime Victimisation Survey, conducted from July 2008 to June 2009 using the ABS...

Research report

19 Feb 2010

This is a compendium of three reports. The first examines the size and attributes of the vocational education and training (VET) workforce using a variety of data sources. The second looks more specifically at TAFE's workforce. The final report considers the feasibility of...

Research report

19 Feb 2010

Low levels of education generally among people with a disability is one of the factors contributing to their lower rate of labour market participation. What role vocational education and training (VET) plays in ameliorating this is the focus of this report. Using data from the...

Research report

19 Feb 2010

This report presents results of an audit of the quality of Indigenous identification in hospital separations data and makes recommendations regarding the use of Indigenous status information.

The report is a useful resource for health information managers and researchers.

Website

20 Feb 2010

This website features oral history interviews with people who were involved in or affected by the removal of Indigenous children from their families.

This important oral history project was funded by the Commonwealth Government in 1997 in response to the first recommendation of Bringing...

Discussion paper

19 Feb 2010

Launched on 28 January 2010, A Stronger, Fairer Australia (0) sets out the Australian Government’s vision and strategy for social inclusion, now and into the future.

Social Inclusion means ensuring no Australian is left behind by giving all the opportunities, resources, capabilities and responsibilities...

Research report

19 Feb 2010

This report provides a source of information about Western Australian Government websites for use by policy and decision makers in the WA Public Sector.

It contains high-level information about the cost, characteristics and technical profile of WA Government websites.

Potential uses for this...

Research report

19 Feb 2010

This paper outlines the Australian government’s role in adaptation, which includes building community resilience and establishing the right conditions for people to adapt; taking climate change into account in the management of Commonwealth assets and programs; providing sound scientific information; and leading national reform....

Briefing paper

19 Feb 2010

• The provision of compensation is now seen to represent good practice as part of a broader legal response to domestic violence. Compensation can assist women to deal with the aftermath of violence at both a practical and symbolic level.

• All eight Australian...

Discussion paper

30 Sep 2009

Help-seeking has been defined as ‘…any communication about a problem or troublesome event which is directed toward obtaining support, advice, or assistance in times of distress’ (Gourash 1978, p.414). The presupposition of any family violence intervention and prevention initiative is that help-seeking by or on...

Video

After two years and a whirlwind of activity in Australia's foreign affairs, what has Kevin Rudd got to show for all his global ambition?

Australia has won a seat at the revamped G20 leaders' summit, while chasing another at the United Nations Security Council....

Research report

19 Feb 2010

This report finds that developing northern Australia as an integrated, sustainable region presents a complex challenge that requires strategic focus, national leadership and close collaboration between governments.

In particular the report identifies the potential for sustainable development through:

• Expanding agricultural production...

Video

19 Feb 2010

Professor Clive Hamilton explores the balances being struck between environmental protection and economic growth in the context of the current advice from climate scientists.

He also argues that our preoccupation with economic growth is inconsistent with protecting the Earth from severe damage due to...

Research report

19 Feb 2010

Drawing on the Reserve Bank's latest Statement on Monetary Policy , this speech discusses the two-speed global recovery, the resilience of the Australian economy, and the moderation of inflation in Australia.

Image: publik16 / flickr

Research report

4 Feb 2010

Road crashes impose large costs on society and substantial investments are made in infrastructure and safety programs to reduce road trauma. This report presents new estimates of the cost of road crashes for 2006.

The cost of road crashes is important to the safety...

Commentary

17 Feb 2010

IF YOU ARE ONE of the 150 million or so people who use gmail and you’ve checked your gmail account over the past week, you will know that Google has quietly launched its own version of Facebook, a social networking site called Buzz. If you...

Research report

17 Feb 2010

This report summarises the feedback from consultation with stakeholders including a broad range of sector organisations, state and territory governments, peak bodies, academics and individuals.

The federal government sees the Compact is an opportunity for the government and the sector to develop a new...

17 Feb 2010

While the lessons of the 1970s and 1980s had been learned well, it seems that little or nothing has been learned from the failures of the past decade, writes John Quiggin

THE RESERVE BANK of Australia is fifty years old, having been separated from...

Research report

18 Feb 2010

Jock Given, a Screenrights founding director and Professor of Media and Communications at Swinburne University's Institute for Social Research, looks at the last 20 years in Australian television.

Audio program

17 Feb 2010

The Internet is buzzing about Google Buzz and so why should Digital Campus be any different?

With Mills as host, we welcome Amanda French from our Corps of Irregulars to help us sort out the challenges to personal privacy posed by Buzz. We also...

Research report

16 Oct 2009

The findings of this study demonstrate the need for the practicum component of teacher education to be more closely guided by the VIT Professional Standards for Graduating Teachers.

Executive Summary

The Practicum Partnerships Project has examined the professional learning experiences of preservice...

Research report

14 Sep 2011

The Stationary Energy Sector Report concludes that there are no technological impediments to transforming Australia’s stationary energy sector to zero emissions over the next ten years. The costs of transformation are adequately offset by savings made from shifting away from the business as usual scenario....

Research report

17 Feb 2010

The report presents findings of a multi-method exploratory research project implemented by ICEPA. The study draws on data gathered through an on-line survey of 1,013 international and domestic students, indepth interviews with 35 international students and interviews with 29 stakeholders from across government and non-government...

Audio presentation

16 Feb 2010

From Plains to Plate is a convergence of ideas and skills from community, business and government focussed on strengthening South Australia's food systems in the face of intensifying environmental, social and economic challenges.

Speaker biographies:

Gay Bilson was for...

Audio presentation

16 Feb 2010

Water is essential for life. Discussion of water needs to take account of some fundamental truths: South Australia is the driest State of the driest inhabited continent. We also have more variable rainfall than other continents. Both rainfall patterns and subsequent run-off are being altered...

Journal article

26 Dec 2009

Despite the hype surrounding the mobilisation of the creative arts as a vehicle for social and physical regeneration, there are few systematic assessments of the success or otherwise of this agenda. This paper will present a framework for assessing the social, economic and...

Article

16 Feb 2010

The British government has shown some of the vision we lack in health policy, writes Melissa Sweet in The Drum

YOU MAY NOT have heard of it, but an important report was released in England last week that should be required reading for all...

Audio program

17 Feb 2010

As governments across Australia and around the world seek to use Web 2.0 tools and strategies to communicate with their citizens, this forum explores the role of social media as a means of direct communication, collaboration and engagement between governments and communities.

This event...

Research report

19 Feb 2010

A US study finds younger internet users are losing interest in blogging and prefer shorter and more mobile forms of communication.

Two Pew Internet Project surveys of teens and adults reveal a decline in blogging among teens and young adults and a...

Article

19 Feb 2010

Social networking technologies are creating potential challenges for government transparency. As more agency employees use Twitter, Facebook and similar external sites, some state and local IT officials are asking if those communications should be archived for public viewing. The problem is that agencies...

Research report

15 Feb 2010

The latest formal statement of US defence policy, the QDR, plays down sweeping ambition in order to remain focused on the tasks immediately at hand—Iraq and above all, Afghanistan. And it sees a future of ‘hybrid’ warfare, likely to involve a diversity of...

Guide

1 Nov 2009

This guide provides practical and long-term ways for artists and arts organisations to enhance their access, market their events to the disabled community and build new audiences.

Published by Creative New Zealand in partnership with Arts Access Aotearoa.

Research report

15 Feb 2010

This report uses a series of case studies to develop a dynamic and responsive ICT service model that attends to the day-to-day user demands and the ever-changing ICT environment, but at the same time, maintains standards and security.

Research report

15 Feb 2010

Education.au commissioned market research with first year teachers about how they currently use ICT in their teaching and how their pre-service training has supported them in supported them.

Audio program

15 Feb 2010

In recent times, the challenges of the developing world are compounded by multiple crises: the food and fuel crises, the global recession, climatic events, and devastating natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Samoa, earthquakes in Indonesia and many more. How...

Research report

15 Feb 2010

This paper focuses on issues which affect the capability of TAFE providers to meet their clients' and stakeholders' needs and draws extensively on the reports of the consortium research program which examined ways to help build vocational education and training provider and workforce capability....

Research report

15 Feb 2010

One focus of the Australian Government's social inclusion agenda is to help people with a disability into work. For this to succeed, employers must be willing and able to productively employ people with a disability. The purpose of this study was to answer the question...

Research report

15 Feb 2010

Australians are using less water but more energy, according to a new report released today from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends presents a snapshot of environmental issues affecting Australia. The 2010 edition also includes a feature article on the...

Research report

11 Feb 2010

• Siphoning refers to the practice used by pay television broadcasters by which they appropriate, or ‘siphon off’ certain events that have been traditionally shown on free-to-air television so that viewers who do not subscribe to their services are unable to view those events....

Video

In this impassioned address Bess Nungarrayi Price defends the controversial Northern Territory Emergency Response otherwise known as the 'Intervention.' Since the emergency measures were introduced in the Northern Territory in 2007, the intervention has been debated around the country some branding the...

Article

15 Feb 2010

This article discusses the future of health libraries and how they need to meet the needs of the parent organisation and its staff to maintain relevance in the digital age.

Nicole Jovicic is a trainee librarian at the East Arnhem Health Library in Nhulunbuy....

15 Feb 2010

First, let’s fix the education problems. Then let’s recognise the missing link in Australia–India relations, writes Robin Jeffrey in Inside Story

THE ARRIVAL of 100,000 Indian students in the past five years is the biggest thing to happen to relations between the Australian...

Research report

15 Feb 2010

It is not a new observation that Indigenous people in Australia experience violence at a higher rate than the general population. The impact of violence on Indigenous people and their communities has been widely documented by government and non-government inquiries, reports and commentaries. As...

Briefing paper

15 Feb 2010

This brief focuses on Indigenous sentencing courts, which operate in all Australian states and territories except Tasmania.

These courts have been established according to protocols and practices, and can be distinguished from more informal practices that occur in remote areas where judicial officers travel...

Article

15 Feb 2010

It is fashionable for government agencies to have a Facebook or Twitter account these days. But should tweets and status updates be backed up to leave a digital trail for transparency’s sake?

Not all policymakers have made their minds up, as perspectives from the...

Research report

16 Feb 2010

This paper examines the effectiveness of the current Points Test in identifying potential migrants who will make the optimal contribution to Australia’s future economic challenges.

The paper also examines the role of the Points Test in the context of the current skilled migration reform...

Research report

16 Feb 2010

How do refugees use information communication technologies during flight, displacement and in settlement, asks this report.

It examines the impact of Australia’s official policy of mandatory detention on how asylum seekers and refugees maintain links to diasporas and networks of support. Given the restricted...

Research report

16 Feb 2010

Strong regulatory frameworks and sound policies have helped Australia weather the global crisis better than most OECD countries, according to this report, but further efforts are needed to harmonise regulations, strengthen competition and streamline infrastructure regulation. The report says that lifting regulatory constraints and removing...

16 Feb 2010

Water regulation is being strangled by an out-of-date constitution, argues George Williams in the National Times

LAST WEEK's High Court decision in the Arnold case reveals major problems with Australia's structure of government when it comes to the Murray-Darling basin. The case also suggests...

Research report

15 Feb 2010

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is common, and evidence suggests that 5%–10% of boys and girls experience severe abuse involving sexual penetration. CSA is associated with an array of deleterious outcomes, including problems related to mental health, interpersonal functioning and substance use. Studies of community samples...

Research report

15 Feb 2010

This positioning paper is the first output of a research project examining the potential opportunities for and barriers to improving the environmental sustainability of Australia's private rental stock.

For existing private rental stock, this entails retrofitting existing dwellings to minimise energy and water consumption....

Research report

15 Feb 2010

This is the third annual report to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on developments in internet filtering and other measures for promoting online safety.

In June 2007, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) was directed by the then...

Research report

12 Feb 2010

This report summarises the findings of a consultation process to gauge the perspectives of a wide range of individuals and organisations to be considered in framing future arrangements for equal employment opportunity for women.

136 submissions were received from individuals, organisations and government...

Research report

12 Feb 2010

This report details the impact of the various aspects of the 2007 reforms reforms to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which significantly restructured PBS pricing arrangements, including the impact on government expenditure, consumers, industry, pharmacy, wholesalers and prescribers.

The report also considers the possible future...

Article

12 Feb 2010

Australia needs a comprehensive strategy for our ageing society, write Philip Taylor, Elizabeth Brooke, Erin Watson and Tia di Biase

Commentary

12 Feb 2010

THE PERTH-BASED internet service provider iiNet, which won a remarkable victory against Hollywood in the federal court last week, used to advertise its various broadband plans on commercial radio. Their ads began, “The question is, how big is a Gig?” The answer: “A Gig is...

Research report

12 Feb 2010

Wide-ranging reforms are needed to remove unnecessary burdens and costs faced by the not-for-profit sector and improve its accountability, according to this report.

Better regulation, improved funding arrangements and enhanced opportunities for innovation would improve outcomes for the community and the public's confidence...

Research report

12 Feb 2010

This is the second report of the federal government's Closing the Gap program to deal with Indigenous disadvantage.

Video

Screen Australia's Enterprise program external assessors Ian Jones and Jonathan Olsberg speak to Sandy George about the changing Australian and international film and television industries.

The six videos cover the following topics:

Screen industries and the global financial crisis - Part 1 Development...

Research report

21 Jan 2010

The 418 films screened in Australian cinemas in 2009 grossed $1.09 billion, making last year’s total box office the highest on record.

Of those films, 50 were Australian, accounting for $54.8 million or 5.0 per cent of the total, according to Screen Australia analysis...

11 Feb 2010

Peter Mares analyses the latest changes to Australia’s migration program for Inside Story

THE CHANGES announced and implemented on Monday by the immigration minister, Chris Evans, constitute the most fundamental reform of Australia’s skilled migration program in more than two decades. Senator Evans has...

Research report

9 Feb 2010

This report outlines a national science communication strategy, drawing on consultations with a wide range of science communicators, educators, journalists and scientists in all states and territories.

Its key findings are that:

• Communicating science effectively is important in achieving an innovative...

Discussion paper

8 Feb 2010

This draft response to the public consultation on the introduction of an R18+ for computer games sets out the arguments in favour of including an adults only classification.

The public consultation on the introduction of an R18+ for computer games closes at the end...

Audio program

8 Feb 2010

Tom Calma has been the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the commission for more than five years.

He was also the Race Discrimination Commissioner for most of that time. An elder of the Kungarakan tribe and a member of the...

Journal article

26 Dec 2009

The economic contribution of arts and cultural activity is often presented by arts sector managers as an important reason for why the government should provide support and subsidies for the conduct of arts activities. This paper provides a review of how such contributions are assessed,...

Journal article

26 Dec 2009

Culture should no longer be thought of as a set of binary oppositions between elite/popular, refined/debased, individual/mass, high/low. Instead, we need to conceive of culture in three highly interrelated spheres: publicly funded, commercial, and home-made, each with its own definition, gatekeepers and critical discourse....

Book

8 Feb 2010

The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council has compiled these stories from NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to demonstrate the success and potential of these Aboriginal community initiatives.

Article

8 Feb 2010

This article discusses a program written specifically to help Indigenous men to engage with and understand their children.

It also provides a conduit to other family services and contributes to the building of community capacity in those regions in which it is adopted. Robyn...

Journal article

15 Dec 2009

An overview of eHealth and a view forward for the next decade.

This article provides some background from the early days before there were any convenient labels for this segment, looks at where we are today with eHealth (successes and failures, gaps in understanding...

Research report

1 Dec 2009

Innovation in a public sector context has been defined as the ‘creation and implementation of new processes, products, services and methods of delivery which result in significant improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness or quality of outcomes’.

In short, innovation is the application of...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

This annual report reviews important developments in native title law and policy each year.

This report covers the period 1 July 2008 – 30 June 2009 and:

reviews developments in native title law and policy over the reporting period considers principles and standards...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

The objective of this audit was to examine key aspects of the NBN RFP process, including: the background to and conduct of the RFP process; management of key risks associated with the process and outcome; and stakeholder consultations.

Research report

8 Feb 2010

The Social Justice Report 2009 focusses on three themes: justice reinvestment to reduce Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system; the protection of Indigenous languages; and sustaining Aboriginal homeland communities.

The first theme outlines a convincing...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

This Senate report examines:

procedures for appointment and method of termination of judges;

term of appointment, including the desirability of a compulsory retirement age, and the merit of full-time, part-time or other arrangements;

jurisdictional issues, for example, the interface between...

9 Feb 2010

The congestion charge has helped make London work better for commuters, writes Frank Bongiorno in Inside Story

SOME YEARS AGO, when I was a fellow in a Cambridge college for a few months, I met a very pleasant man, Alan Whitehouse, who was (and...

Journal article

26 Dec 2009

This paper presents a series of empirical case studies to discuss impacts of economic globalisation on the development of performing arts organisations in Vietnam (Hanoi Youth Theatre and Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra) and Australia (Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Symphony Orchestra), and focuses on how...

Research report

1 Feb 2010
This study addresses three research questions that aim to describe the media use patterns of young people in Hong Kong. In particular, four dimensions of media use are taken as preliminary indicators to determine whether young people fit the popular stereotype of active Internet users...

Journal article

1 Feb 2010

This paper presents a brief introduction on how the Thai government is using the Internet and e-learning in education.

Although the use of the Internet in Thailand has a short history, it continues to develop at a rapid rate. The adoption of the Internet...

Research report

16 Feb 2010

This annual survey polled in excess of a thousand executives from major global brands, traditional and Digital agencies, vendor and service providers that operate in the Digital space, as well as freelance and independent Digital practitioners. The research has confirmed that many believe the future...

Research report

6 Nov 2009

This report has attempted to draw together and synthesise evidence and opinion associated with data-intensive open science from a wide range of sources. The potential impact of data-intensive open science on research practice and research outcomes, is both substantive and far-reaching.

There are implications...

Article

8 Feb 2010

The threat to human health from climate change means that all levels of government and private and public agencies will need to change their current practices to reduce carbon emissions. The health sector will also need to respond and change practice.

The National...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

This paper describes the pattern of infant feeding at discharge from care after birth and the characteristics of mothers who are at risk of low rates of breastfeeding.

Methods: Data were obtained from the NSW Midwives Data Collection for 2007. Information on infant...

8 Feb 2010

The federal government's Intergenerational Report stretches the boundaries of forecasting, writes Stephen Lunn in the Australian

TREASURY must have a love-hate relationship with its Intergenerational Report. At least once every five years the bureaucrats have the opportunity to play demographic Nostradamus as they are...

8 Feb 2010

If the Liberal Party did more to assist the entry of more talented women, it might assist in the rebuilding of the party, writes Marian Sawer in this book review for the Australian Review of Public Affairs

THERE HAVE always been brave women...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

Politics and religion are idealised as separate domains in secular western democracies. Indeed, this division has come to represent the definitive ‘good’ in the so-called clash of civilisations between the Christian west and the Islamic non-west. The practice of western democratic politics, however, relies heavily...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

China's environmental problems are now at the forefront of domestic and international concern. Dr Katherine Morton examines the potential for China's system of environmental governance to respond effectively to the crises, both within and beyond territorial boundaries.

Briefing paper

8 Feb 2010

The 'carry trade', in which capital shifts from countries with low interest rates to countries with significantly higher rates, has become an important element of international capital flows over the past decade.

In a new Lowy Institute Policy Brief, Dr Stephen Grenville looks...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

This report examines the extent to which the Caring for our Country program represents a comprehensive approach to meeting Australia's future NRM needs.

The report considers the lessons learned from the successes and failures of three decades of Commonwealth investment in resource management including...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

This paper provides background material on governance issues in the Australian health care system, an overview of health care financing issues in an international context, a summary of the discussions and views expressed at a recent Academy roundtable, and commentary on the recommendations of the...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

During 2008-09, there were 441 adoptions across Australia (one more than in 2007-08): - 61% were intercountry adoptions, 15% were local and 24% were 'known' child adoptions - 71% of all intercountry adoptions were from China, South Korea, the Philippines and Ethiopia - 71% of...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

Presentations delivered at the second research conference of Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children are now available online.

The Growing Up in Australia study is designed to identify policy opportunities for improving support for children and their families and for...

Research report

8 Feb 2010

The Queensland Government has launched a discussion paper on the future of education as part of its plan to provide all Queensland children with a flying start in life.

Queenslanders are encouraged to have their say on the proposals in the paper.

Research report

4 Feb 2010

With the recent release of the Federal Government’s ‘My School’ website, this report discusses how to measure school performance accurately, and the importance of incorporating these performance measures into managing each level of school education systems.

‘My School’ publishes school performance scores for each...

Research report

4 Feb 2010

This background note provides a brief overview of the historical and political context surrounding boat arrivals in Australia since 1976. It includes background on the global context; government policy responses; trends in public opinion on the issues; and links to some of the key resources....

Commentary

6 Feb 2010

The federal government's new quarantining rules won't solve the problem they're designed to address, argues Kemran Mestan{C}

LIZ is twenty-two. The mother of a six-month old baby, she is neither studying nor working, and she receives the parenting payment (single) from Centrelink. Because Liz...

Research report

15 Dec 2009

This paper provides an overview of recent research conducted by climate scientists world-wide.

6 Feb 2010

We need to stop rejecting human difference at the border, writes Alecia Simmonds in the National Times

IN 1914 a group of prominent eugenicists in America declared: ''The feeble-minded person is not desirable, he is a social encumbrance, a financial burden. In short, it...

6 Feb 2010

In Inside Story, Melissa Sweet looks at the latest chapter in the debate about swine flu and its implications for public health campaigns

WHO DO you trust when it comes to advice about swine flu, and whether you or members of your family should...

Research report

4 Feb 2010

This paper provides an overview of social assistance and other minimum-income programmes in OECD countries, summarises their main features, and highlights a number of current policy challenges.

Almost all OECD countries operate comprehensive minimum-income programmes for working-age individuals, either as last-resort safety nets alongside...

Research report

4 Feb 2010

Cities are part of the climate change problem, but they are also a key part of the solution, according to this report, which offers a comprehensive analysis of how cities and metropolitan regions can change the way we think about responding to climate change....

Research report

4 Feb 2010

This report looks at public interest claims made by government in response to orders of the Senate or of Senate committees for the production of information and documents.

It recommends against the Senate adopting the process of independent arbitration over public interest immunity claims...

Discussion paper

15 Mar 2011

This Discussion Paper has been prepared by the Department of Health and Ageing as a basis for consultation with pathology stakeholders. These consultations will inform the development of advice to the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, regarding options for future...

Research report

4 Feb 2010

This paper outlines a range of issues as part of the consultation process for the current review of diagnostic imaging services.

Research report

4 Feb 2010

Drawing on a major survey of Australian women conducted over time, this report examines contraception, women’s aspirations for motherhood, reproductive histories, problems with fertility and related treatment and advice-seeking behaviour, maternal health and wellbeing, and participation in the paid workforce.

Women's Health Australia is...

6 Feb 2010

Peter Mares reviews a new book looking at the impact of immigration on Australian society.

In September 2009, Treasurer Wayne Swan revealed that Australia’s population of twenty-two million was growing much faster than anticipated. Just three years ago, the Intergenerational Report 2007 projected...

3 Feb 2010

It's easy to pinch a photo from a website and post it in a new context. But how is the easy circulation of images online challenging our ideas about privacy asks Jason Wilson in New Matilda?

Forget about hiding your disreputable Facebook party...

Research report

1 Feb 2010

This analysis of three native title agreements is primarily based on observations made at a two-day workshop by representatives of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi, the Miriuwung and Gajerrong, the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagalk peoples and their negotiating teams; the WA government...

Research report

1 Feb 2010

Diana Wilkinson, Chief Social Researcher with the Scottish Government, assisted NCVER to facilitate a forum to discuss the development of national research priorities for the vocational education and training sector. This paper summarises Diana Wilkinson's impression of the forum and uses two contrasting...

Research report

1 Feb 2010

This report draws on data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, which tracked almost 10,000 children and their families over two years from 2004, to find out detailed information about their lives and experiences.

It finds that:

• children who attended...

Research report

7 Dec 2009

Using data from the 2009 Australian Work and Life Index, this report examines how work-life pressures influence the capacity and motivation of individuals, particularly low-paid workers, to engage in education and training.

This report is part of a larger project, Low-paid workers and VET:...

Research report

1 Feb 2010

This report explores the attitudes of Australian youth in relation to key issues in contemporary race relations, such as cultural diversity, tolerance and privilege.

Understanding the direct experiences of young people facing racism who are from Indigenous, migrant or refugee backgrounds is critically important...

Research report

1 Feb 2010

This report, the first from the Victorian Aboriginal Child Mortality Study 1988-2008, investigates population-based administrative and statutory datasets that collect information describing the health of Victoria's Aboriginal (and non-Aboriginal) infants, children and young people.

Co-author Jane Freemantle discusses the report here with the...

Research report

1 Feb 2010

In recent decades, changes in Australian lifestyles, urban environments and transportation systems have led to changed physical activity patterns among children. This report looks at trends and potential interventions.

Active transport, in particular, has declined dramatically in countries, including Australia, where car travel has...

Research report

14 Jul 2009

Constrained by cost or a lack of knowledge – and often both – a significant number of disadvantaged people are missing out on the basic tools that engender participation in modern life.

This ‘digital divide’ has a significant, negative impact on the...

Research report

1 Feb 2010

This report, the second round of a major longitudinal survey on social cohesion in Australia, provides insights into community attitudes to immigration, multiculturalism and social cohesion, based on findings from national and local surveys.

Research report

1 Feb 2010

In addition to assessing the fiscal and economic challenges of an ageing population, this report also includes a comprehensive discussion on environmental challenges and social sustainability.

The report assesses the challenges Australia will face over the next 40 years, including an ageing population, escalating...

Research report

1 Feb 2010

This statement provides details of concessions, benefits, incentives and charges provided through the tax system to taxpayers by the Australian government.

This statement lists around 340 tax expenditures and, where possible, reports the estimated pecuniary value or order of magnitude of the benefit to...

Research report

1 Feb 2010

This report focuses on the laws, practices and procedures that apply in family law cases that raise family violence concerns.

While not directly relating to shared parenting or shared care, all aspects of family law and court practice and procedures were considered to the...